Peony Pillows: Add A Touch of Spring

peony-pillowsTransform your daughter’s room (or your room for that matter) with these beautiful Peony Pillows.  Besides, these last much longer than a bouquet of flowers

I love these pillows because they’re unique, amazing and handmade of thick wool felt. You’ll want to pick them all. Approximately 18″. Find them at Chasing Fireflies for $98.

Kirsten James Diaper Bags: 3-2-1, Liftoff!

Kirsten James Diaper Bag

Every so often I come across baby gear that floats my boat. When my diaper bag from Kirsten James Handbags arrived in the mail, I was in awe. This bag was not only beautiful, but also perfectly crafted and absolutely flawless. My mother was with me when it arrived and immediately tried to coax me into letting her have it. Sorry, mom! Not this time.

Kirsten has a variety of styles to choose from, but I picked The Eden Bag. The size is exactly right for a busy mom who needs to use it as a diaper bag, toddler tote or overnight bag. It has a heavy magnetic snap closure and four roomy inside pockets. The designer fabric options are stunning in person. She also has eco-friendly options for green mommies. It shouldn’t come a big surprise that her bags reflect quite a bit of innovation. After all, Kirsten is a NASA engineer.

She worked for United Space Alliance as a Computer Programmer and Corrective Action Engineer.  United Space Alliance is the prime contractor and handles all Shuttle Processing for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).  As a programmer and Engineer for NASA, she wrote programming code in support of new software applications to support Shuttle processing and worked with operational organizations to streamline processes and build software tools that automate those processes.

Her mommy know-how, creativity and passion for fashion launched her new career as a designer. After having her son and becoming frustrated with the poor quality of diaper bags in stores, she left NASA and began her own line of bags. Feeling inspired? Visit her site to learn more about her story and buy yourself a bag. You won’t be disappointed!

Critter Coin Purse Fun for $10

clip-on-kittyI’ll try my best to ease everyone back into the Back to School chaos. Let’s start with something small like these friendly Clip-On Crochet Coin Purses. These brightly colored finds are great for clipping on a backpack. Not sure how much you buy with change….when I was in elementary school you could buy a pack of three chocolate chip cookies for 5 cents.

Anyway, the purses come in a kitty, butterfly, flower and heart. Makes a cute birthday gift or gift add-on. Retails for $10 at Hanna Andersson.clip-on-bfly

A Retrolicious Birthday Dress

retro-1Looking for something quirky, youthful and special for your little girl’s big B-Day celebration? How about this colorful Retro Party Dress handmade by liliputians in NYC. It’s swirly and twirly and features different retro prints.

The dress has a shirred and self-ruffled neckline with short sleeves. Sleeves and empire waist are accented with red ric rac trim. Zig-zaggy ribbon detail at bodice seam. Oh, did I mention the full skirt that’s perfect for birthday twirling? You can find it in sizes from 12 mos up to 8 years at Craftsbury Kids.

Satisfy a Sweet Tooth with Pretend Pop Tarts


Sweet, smoking-hot, burn-your-tongue, set-your-toaster-on-fire, gooey, sugary goodness. All bow down to the Pop Tart. The most delicious way to instantly add too many sizzling calories to your day!

Your little chef will love these frosted felt goodies. They are eco-friendly because the felt is made from recycled water bottles. The trio of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla comes in an adorable cello-bag, so they are perfect to give as a gift. Just keep in mind that the cute little sprinkles can be crunched off by a hungry toddler! Check out Etsy seller, LittleFluffStuff for even more handmade treats!

Etsy Alertsy: PB&J (J for Jellyfish!)

At first mention, the thought of a peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich doesn’t sound too appealing. Then again, this little guy is cute enough to be considered edible. What a funny and unique plush toy. Available in raspberry, grape and strawberry. To see another pic of these critters, click here. Delish! Etsy.